When a spouse files for divorce, it can be a difficult experience for all parties involved. Whether you are filing divorce papers or they have been filed by your spouse, we recommend immediate legal representation by our experienced Gainesville family law attorneys to ensure your needs are met as well as the needs of any children.
An uncontested divorce, where both parties agree to terms of divorce, is the most straightforward process. Hiring McNeal Legal, LLC to draft the documents means you know what the law allows and how to make sure your agreement contains everything legally required. You may also want to consider a trial separation. We can draw a separation agreement to outline how to handle financial issues and family matters, such as child visitation.
If it is a contested divorce, mediation is required before going to trial. Engaging in mediation, along with a lawyer’s guidance, allows more freedom in addressing legal disputes; a judge is much more limited in what he or she can do in a trial. We can help you prepare for mediation or represent you during mediation. Mediation requires less time, expense, and conflict than going to trial. We can also guide you in drafting a marital settlement agreement prior to mediation to settle your dispute.
Contact us to find out which path is right for you.